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Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

Introducing Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Guide, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Muslim Travel Guide
Article from UNESCO, edited by Cathy

The grottoes and niches of Luoyang Longmen Grottoes contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving.

Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, located on both sides of the Yi River to the south of the ancient capital of Luoyang, Henan province, comprise more than 2,300 caves and niches carved into the steep limestone cliffs over a 1km long stretch. These contain almost 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, more than 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on steles.

Luoyang was the capital during the late Northern Wei Dynasty and early Tang Dynasty, and the most intensive period of carving dates from the end of the 5th century to the mid-8th century. The earliest caves to be carved in the late 5th and early 6th centuries in the West Hill cliffs include Guyangdong and the Three Binyang Caves, all containing large Buddha figures. Yaofangdong Cave contains 140 inscription recording treatments for various diseases and illnesses. Work on the sculpture in this cave continued over a 150 year period, illustrating changes in artistic style.

The sculptural styles discovered in the Buddhist caves of the Tang Dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries, particularly the giant sculptures in the Fengxiansi Cave are the most fully representative examples of the Royal Cave Temples’ art, which has been imitated by artists from various regions. The two sculptural art styles, the earlier “Central China Style” and the later “Great Tang Style” had great influence within the country and throughout the world, and have made important contributions to the development of the sculptural arts in other Asian countries.

Quick Facts on Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

• Name: Luoyang Longmen Grottoes
• Location: Luolong District
• Phone: +86-379-5981342
• Date: Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534)
• Best Time to Visit: April to October
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1.5-2 Hours
• Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00 (Feb 1 to Mar 31); 8:00-17:30 (Apr 1 to Oct 7); 8:00-17:00 (Oct 8 to 31); 8:00-16:00 (Nov 1 to next Jan 31)
• Admission Fee: CNY120

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